Long time employees retire
As we transition from winter to spring, REC will also transition as three long-time employees retire.
Willie Rushing, REC’s Environmental and Fleet Supervisor retired earlier this year after 32 years. Rushing plans to spend time with his family and traveling to visit old friends.
“I have never had the freedom to not be somewhere,” Rushing explains. “I am looking forward to getting out and seeing new places and I am considering traveling out of the country.”
Rushing has seen many changes during his 32 years of employment and cannot image how different things will look in the next 30 years, but he is going to miss the people he worked with the most.
“All of my favorite memories of REC include my coworkers and watching them succeed,” Rushing adds. “Some of the proudest memories I have is watching our lineman step up and come together to help in times of need either during ice storms or hurricanes. We really are like a big family and I have treasured being able to see my coworkers during all stages of life from children growing up, funerals and weddings. I am going to miss the daily interaction with them.”
Rushing is planning on staying in the Lindsay area and is hoping to build a shop and doing more of the things he enjoys from golfing to fishing.
Rickey Sorrels, REC’s Warehouseman retired earlier this year after 23 years. Sorrels is looking forward to spending more time with his nine grandchildren and hunting and fishing.
When asked about his favorite memory of REC, Sorrels mentioned being part of the family.
“We are like a big family - we look out for each other and care about each other and I have loved working here with my family,” Sorrels explains.
Sorrels is planning activities to do with his grandchildren and being outdoors doing the things he enjoys.
Tommy Badertscher, REC’s Purchasing Agent recently retired after 41 years. Badertscher is looking forward to his move to Blanchard to be closer to his daughter, son-in-law and grandson.
“My wife and I have talked about moving to Blanchard after I retired for many years and we are excited to get moved,” Badertscher explains. “I am hopeful I will be able plan future vacations with my sister and brother-in-law soon.”
Badertscher explains REC has been a good place to work and had the pleasure of working with his friends.
“It is sad to think about not being able to work around my friends, but I will have six Saturdays and one Sunday every week,” Badertscher jokes. “REC is a great place to work. I am grateful for the opportunities I have shared with my coworkers and REC will always hold many good memories for me.”